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Posted on: Jan 13, 2015

The 2015 IndyBar Health Care and Life Sciences Section Executive Committee is made up of the following 13 individuals: 

Chair: Anna Kirkman, Eskenazi Health
Chair-elect: Patty Hebenstreit, MDwise Inc.
Secretary: Catherine Clements, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Immediate past chair: Amy Lewis Gilbert, IU School of Medicine
Student representative: Allison Potenza, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Social/Networking Chair)

Executive Committee
Kelly Greene, Quarles & Brady LLP (Outreach/Philanthropy Chair)
Jessica Harlan-York, Deputy Attorney General, State of Indiana (Education Chair)
Ammon Fillmore, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC (Communications Chair)
Eric Thieme, Indiana Health Information Exchange Inc.
Ashley Leonard, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun
Emily Munson, Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
Zachary Jacob, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
J.C. Rivera, Pedcor Companies

The diverse group of attorneys has a wide range of interests and experiences in the field. Learn more about them by checking out the bios below!

Catherine Clements works at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and focuses her practice on clinical research and regulatory compliance matters. Catherine assists clients with clinical trial contracting, works with clients to set up clinical research programs and advises clients on research compliance matters. She has focused her practice on matters related to product promotion, including reviewing product labeling and promotional practices for compliance with FDA regulations. Catherine also advises life sciences clients on product registration strategies and regulatory compliance issues. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Catherine served as a judicial clerk in the Indiana Supreme Court for the Honorable Theodore R. Boehm. Before attending law school, she gained experience in various areas of clinical research, including global clinical trial development and budgeting, clinical trial monitoring, informed consent and protocol design and development, and regulatory scientific communications for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. Catherine also served as a clinical research coordinator at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Ammon Fillmore works at Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC and focuses his practice on advising hospitals, health systems and physician organizations of all sizes on health law-related matters, including technology, privacy and security, information systems and regulatory compliance. He also advises them on emerging and growing areas of information technology such as mobile applications, data ownership and meaningful use compliance. On a daily basis, Ammon’s practice includes negotiating and memorializing health care operations transactions, including software license agreements, cloud-based hosting arrangements, technology infrastructure purchases, data use and identifying fraud and abuse, and compliance liabilities.

Amy Lewis Gilbert is a pediatric research associate in the Children’s Health Services Research (CHSR) section of Indiana University School of Medicine, an affiliated research scientist with Regenstrief Institute Inc. and a faculty member of the Child Health Informatics Research and Development Lab. She completed her master’s degree in international public health in 2000 at the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a concentration in maternal and child health. Amy worked in the fields of public health and bioethics for several years before earning her J.D. at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2009 and joining the CHSR faculty. Amy’s research lies at the intersection of law, medicine, public health and ethics, and she brings a unique, multi-disciplinary perspective to the CHSR research platform. Her specific interests include utilization of the clinical environment as a point of intervention for addressing health disparities with preventive law, the impact of confidential consultation on adolescent health outcomes, and the law and ethics of adolescent participation in biomedical research.

Kelly Greene is of counsel in the Quarles & Brady LLP Health Law Practice Group and focuses her practice on advising pharmaceutical and health care clients on a multitude of regulatory and compliance issues concerning the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, False Claims Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Kelly also has experience with health law contracting issues, billing issues, administrative appeals, professional licensure issues, long-term care facility investigations and survey issues, and assisting clients with the implementation of compliance programs. Prior to joining Quarles & Brady LLP, Kelly worked for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company where she provided legal advice to brand teams regarding promotional prescription drug materials and all related activities, including speaker programs and social media outlets. Kelly’s legal background also includes working as an attorney for the Indiana Family Social Services Administration, where she primarily provided advice to the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning related to state and federal Medicaid laws, fraud and abuse laws, privacy laws and open records laws. Before attending law school, Kelly worked as a registered nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children.

Jessica Harlan-York is a Deputy Attorney General with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). Her specialty is in the area of Medicaid qui tams and civil litigation involving the Medicaid program. She is also the supervisor of the MFCU internship program. She is an Indiana native and attended undergrad in Bloomington. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband Carey and their two children. She enjoys traveling, reading, yoga and pilates.

Patty Hebenstreit has a wealth of health law and legal knowledge and experience and serves as general counsel of MDwise. Patty directs and coordinates MDwise's efforts to ensure compliance with laws, regulations and policies that govern its Medicaid and Marketplace business. She is also responsible for directing the Government Affairs Staff and Activities. She directs a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) that performs program integrity activities for all MDwise programs. Patty previously worked at the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County where she spent almost six years as chief of staff and two years as general counsel. Prior to that, she spent time as the director of Long Term Care at OMPP and also as the director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. Patty serves on the board of directors of Safe Sitter Inc. She obtained her J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and her B.A. in political science from Marquette University.

Zach Jacob works at Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC and represents hospitals and health systems, single- and multi-specialty physician practices, and independent physicians on a variety of health care issues. He regularly advises clients on physician and hospital transactions, health system reorganizations, governance issues and other general business transactions. Zach also advises non-profit hospitals, hospital foundations and other tax-exempt entities on issues related to maintaining federal tax-exempt status and compliance issues related to state non-profit corporation laws.

Anna Kirkman serves as associate counsel and the director of the Medical-Legal Partnership at Eskenazi Health. The Medical-Legal Partnership provides legal advocacy to Eskenazi Health patients with the goal of improving patient health outcomes by addressing underlying social and legal needs. Anna is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. She was the recipient of the Indiana Lawyer’s “2013 Up & Coming Attorney” award. Anna received her J.D. and graduated cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Before joining Eskenazi Health, she worked at Stites & Harbison PLLC and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

Ashley Leonard is an associate at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in the Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Group. Ashley focuses her practice on counseling healthcare providers on regulatory compliance, physician employment agreements, and the licensure and certification process for providers and healthcare facilities. Ashley’s regulatory compliance practice addresses issues pertaining to state and federal healthcare laws, including physician collaboration with midlevel providers, the federal Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act and HIPAA/HITECH. Ashley’s practice also covers general corporate and commercial real estate matters for healthcare providers and various professional businesses, including entity formation and dissolution and corporate governance.

Emily Munson is a staff attorney at the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. In 2010, she was awarded joint degrees in law and bioethics from Indiana University in Indianapolis. Prior to that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hanover College. Emily is an active member of the community, serving on multiple non-profit boards and mentoring youth with disabilities in their transition to adulthood.

Allison Potenza is a joint degree student at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health where she is earning her J.D. and Master’s in Health Administration. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the Indiana Health Law Review, Volume XII. Allison attended IU Bloomington as an undergraduate, where she received a bachelor of science in biology. Allison is also currently a law clerk at Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC and is interested in pursuing a career in health law.

J.C. Rivera is the vice president and counsel of a bank holding company. In his short legal career, he has gained a wealth of experience in corporate governance and real estate issues working on numerous transactional matters. Prior to his current position, J.C. concentrated in legal advocacy at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, worked as an administrative law judge and was a judicial clerk at the Court of Appeals of Indiana. His interest in health care and life sciences stems from his master’s degree in public health that focused on policy, compliance and regulatory matters in health care.

Eric Thieme is the Vice President, Operations and General Counsel at Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). He is responsible for operations, legal affairs, compliance, corporate governance, privacy and security, technology and strategic partnerships. Eric was formerly Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer at IHIE where he was responsible for legal affairs and compliance efforts, including: HIPAA and HITECH compliance; health information use, privacy and security; general business and corporate transactions; and tax-exempt organization matters. He also led IHIE’s efforts to evaluate joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances with data source partners. Prior to joining IHIE, Eric was an attorney with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where he focused on the legal aspects of health information technology and exchange, complex health care transactional and regulatory matters, as well as general business and corporate matters. Eric received a bachelor of science in economics from Miami University and graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.


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